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Croatia is a central European country that will leave a visitor to the country astounded by the natural beauty to be found within Croatia and its vast assortment of landscapes that offer supreme visual delights.

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Kit B (276)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:54 am
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Although Croatia developed under the impact of many different cultures, it gave its own and unique imprint to the history of European civilization. Croatia was occupied by the Romans, Illyrians, and Slavic tribes. All have left their mark on the country's development and culture. At the end of WW2, Croatia became a republic ruled by the Communist Marshal Tito. In 1980, when Tito died, a new political system governed the country, which resulted in a crash in the Croatian Economy.

Like other Western European countries, Croatia was founded on the ruins of the Roman Empire. Croatia is indeed unique, not only for its crystal, clear blue sea, but also for a thousand years of different cultures. The Croats are believed to be purely Slavic people who migrated from Ukraine and settled in present-day Croatia during the 6th century. Croatia is bounded by Slovenia in the northwest, by Hungary in the northeast, by Serbia and Montenegro in the east, by Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south, and by the Adriatic Sea in the west. The Adriatic Sea is not only a deep gulf in the Mediterranean, it is also known as the cradle of ancient civilization.

List of Croatian Historical Events:

400BC The first Greek colonies are founded on Adriatic islands.

100BC Romans rule over the east coast of the Adriatic.

295. Diocletian, Roman Emperor, began the construction of a fortified palace near the village of his birth. It later became the historic downtown of Split, Croatia. Construction took ten years.

614. Croats settled in the area between the Adriatic Sea and the rivers Sava and Drava.

925. The Croatian kingdom was established. King Tomislav was crowned first king of Croatia by decree of the Holy Catholic church in Rome, and was its founder.

1102. After the death of Petar Svacic, the last Croatian king, Croatia enters into a union with Hungary.

1847. Croatian becomes the official language of Croatia, replacing the Latin language.

1856. Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer and inventor, was born in Croatia

1918. After the downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in World War I, Croatia becomes part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later proclaimed Yugoslavia.

1929. The Monarchy's name is changed to Yugoslavia.

1941. German and Italian forces occupy Yugoslavia, the organized partisan resistance starts, led by Croatian antifascists under the guidance of Josip Broz Tito.

1945. After World War II, the monarchy becomes a communist republic under prime minister Tito.

1980. Tito's tight reign on Yugoslavia keeps ethnic tensions in check until his death in 1980. Without his Slavic influence, ethnic and nationalist differences begin to flare.

1981. Young locals in Medjugorje, Croatia, believed that the Virgin Mary was making regular monthly appearances.

1990. Election of the first Croatian president, Franjo Tuđman.

1991. Croatia proclaims independence.

2001. Stipe Mesic was elected president of Croatia.

2013 - Ivo Josipović is the third President of Croatia since 2010.

5 Facts You Might Not Know

1 Croatia is home of the planets most indented shoreline. Many lovely islands can be found here, well over 1,000 are uninhabited! The Adriatic Sea is one of the most popular tourist destinations within the country of Croatia.

2 Croatia is a popular destination for health and wellness tourism. In Croatia, spas embrace the healing and therapeutic powers of natural thermal and mineral springs. In an approach to treating the entire person instead of one ailment, many packages are available at Croatian spas for your relaxation and health.

3 The Croatian War of Independence was fought from 1991 to 1995 in order to declare Croatia's independence from Yugoslavia, which was a socialist republic. The main goals of the war were to preserve the Croatian borders and achieve the country's independence.

4 Croatia offers an impressive selection of fine wines produced within the country. Wine making in Croatia has a long history. In the 5th century (BC) vineyards were introduced to the country by settlers from Greece. While there are over 700 varieties of wine produced within the country, most locals and wine connoisseurs will agree that the region produces superb red grapes that make an excellent red wine. In 2009, the world of wine experienced a jaw dropping moment when Croatia was received not one or two, but 8 gold medals for wines in a variety of categories.

5 Croatia is home of famed UFC fighter Mirko Filipovic, sometimes known as Mirko Cro Cop. Filipovic was a member of the Croatian Parliament from 2003-2007. His alias or nickname stem from his membership of the very elite Special Forces police unit of Croatia.

Traditional Foods of Croatia:

1. Pršut – is a dry-cured ham, an essential part of every type of celebration in Croatia and every restaurant menu. The best domestic pršut is made with a help of nature – fall and early winter are the weather conditions necessary for its making, and local bura wind (the cold, salty wind from the Adriatic) is what makes its texture and taste unique.

2. Paški sir – is cheese from Pag Island and it’s made entirely from milk produced by sheep grazing freely local sparse grass, various herbs and aromatic plants.

3. Ispod peke – is actually a term describing a method of food preparation and it’s really famous throughout Croatia. When someone says he/she is preparing something ispod peke, it means you’re up for a real treat. It goes like this: the cook puts ingredients (in most cases it’s lamb, octopus or veal, paired with seasoned potatoes) into a stone oven under a heavy metal cover. Then the cook gathers the surrounding hot coals and places them on the cover. And that’s it.

4. Pašticada – is a traditional meat dish from Dalmatia. Beef is the main ingredient and, before the actual cooking which lasts a few hours takes place, it’s marinated for 24 hours in red wine, garlic and various herbs such as rosemary and sage. During the cooking it’s enriched with dry plums, carrots, onions, cloves and nutmeg so the resulting sauce is thick, dark and rich in flavors.

5. Crni rižot – or black risotto, is another Dalmatian must-try dish.

6. Riba na gradele i blitva – this is traditionally the most common combination in Dalmatia: mixed grilled fish paired with chard boiled with potatoes.

7. Brudet – is a fish stew traditionally made in Istria and Dalmatia. It’s made of several types of fish, put in layers in a single pot and cooked in tomato sauce.

8. Tartufi – these rare and highly valued mushrooms, believed to have aphrodisiac powers, are typical for Istria region.

9. Fuži i pljukanci – are yet another dish traditional for Istria. Actually it’s a homemade pasta which comes in various sorts, of which fuži and pljukanci are the most famous ones.

10. Janjetina s ražnja – or lamb on the spit, is the most popular method of preparing lamb in Croatia. Throughout the coast you’ll see signs directing you to places which serve janjetina s ražnja. The whole lamb is rotated slowly above hot coals, resulting in succulent roast meat no one can resist. Traditionally it’s served very simply – with green salad and scallions.

Pack up - we are leaving for Croatia .


Ben O (171)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:15 am
Surprise...I've been there! Many years ago, when it was still Yugoslavia, on vacation...

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:44 am

Nicole W (646)
Monday September 16, 2013, 8:35 am
beautiful, love the escapade dear Kit!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday September 16, 2013, 8:56 am
Thank you for the breathtaking journey through Crotia. I have had many wonderful Croatian students.

Angelika R (143)
Monday September 16, 2013, 10:09 am
Been there, too, can only recommend it highly. Thx.

Wolfgang W (235)
Monday September 16, 2013, 10:29 am
Beautiful landscape, hospital people, but the remnants of the war are still to be felt! Croatia recently became part of the European Union.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:01 am
Nicely made video for their Country. Good music and pretty scenes of their Country.

Rehana VN (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:27 am
Refreshing & different.Thanks for the armchair tour.

JL A (281)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:54 am
Thank you for this truly joyous journey Kit!

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:54 am
Adriatic sea (the part) in Croatia is most magnificent see on the world. In my opinion The (only) Sea!
Thank you Kit.

Barbara K (60)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:16 pm
Thank you, my friend, for another vacation via Computer.

Pat B (356)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:36 pm
Beautiful country, loved the cliffs and the blue waters, the food sounds good too.!! Thanks, Kit for our tour. ;-)

Marija M (29)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:43 pm
thank you, Kit

. (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 12:51 pm
You're making me hungry.

Birgit W (160)
Monday September 16, 2013, 2:13 pm
Thank you Kit.

marie C (163)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:22 pm
Thank you Kit yet another wonderful experience

SuSanne P (193)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:28 pm
My Dearest Kit you know how I LOVE these trips. I plan to begin my day with the tour of Croatia as I have to meet with a contractor. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Craig Pittman (52)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:06 pm
So well done Kit. Thank you for this wonderful interlude.

Anne K (139)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:15 pm
The first time I ever boarded a plane it was to go on vacation to the Dalmatian Yugoslavia (Croatia). I was an adventurous 24 year old. It was beautiful!

Jeremy S (3)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:35 pm
I visited Croatia when I was over in Italy a few years ago--I took a Saturday off. (Of course, that was before I broke my toe and had to forgo side trips for the rest of my summer in Europe. ) The landscapes were beautiful, as were the monuments and such left from ancient times. I'd love to go back, and maybe I'll get a chance someday, if I'm lucky.

MmAway M (506)
Monday September 16, 2013, 8:51 pm
Kit, you are ONE OF A KIND!!! How did you know I needed a trip!!! I need to put this on my big screen and get closer to my wi fi it is cutting in and out since I have "Jessie" on top of me and laying down ~ Ummm Playing catch up! WONDERFUL!!!!!! xx SWAK!!! TU

MmAway M (506)
Monday September 16, 2013, 8:56 pm
Forgot to add, "Thank You" for posting all of the information...I LOVED IT!!! Texas you always do things RIGHT! xo

Colleen L (3)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:40 pm
So beautiful. Thanks Kit

Tuesday September 17, 2013, 1:41 am
Please forgive us for our politicans... & Welcome to Croatia!
noted with proud & thanks

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:01 am
BRAVO!!! Wonderful, --- Beautiful vid--- THANKS so much, I really enjoyed it !

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 4:40 am

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:07 am
Lucky enough to have gone to Croatia about 7 years ago. Thanks for another tour.

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 3:07 pm
Thank you - always love these.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday September 23, 2013, 1:03 pm

Virginia Burcar (26)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 3:44 pm
I have never been to Croatia. The comments make it sound as if it is beautiful. What are the people like?
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